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Cal South E-News | December 2012 December 2012
Cal South E-News | December 2012 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT December 2012
PLAY SOCCER WITH OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST ABBY WAMBACH! Olympic star Abby Wambach is coming to the LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance, CA on March 24 and your daughter or son can play soccer with her! Abby's event is a fundraiser for Cal South TOPSoccer, a community-based recreational program specifically designed to help athletes with physical and mental disabilities participate in soccer. Every registered player has the chance to play soccer with Abby!
Cal South E-News | December 2012 PERFORMANCE TRAINING December 2012
The Sports Medicine Team: Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Strength Coaches working together for the athlete - The term "sports medicine" is used by many different practitioners who provide services for athletes and physically active people. What qualifies someone as a sports medicine practitioner is as varied as the organizations that promote health care and well-being for athletes and non-athletes alike. Practitioners can include physicians, chiropractors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength coaches, nutritionists, and more...
Cal South E-News | December 2012 COACHING EDUCATION December 2012
Featured Lesson Plan: Foot Coordination & Speed - This month's featured lesson plan consists of five variations based around improving the foot coordination and game speed of players. The lesson plan is designed for recreational players on U10 teams, and was created initially on SportSessionPlanner.com...
Cal South E-News | December 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION December 2012
Ask Our Referees: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here are this month's responses...
Cal South E-News | December 2012 NUTRITION INFORMATION December 2012
Fuel for the Win: It is that time of year again when tournament play begins for many competitive youth soccer teams. No longer can our athletes cruise through one soccer game and hope that they will be ready to go for another in just an hour or two without paying close attention to WHAT THEY EAT! Food for recovery becomes very important during tournaments play...
Cal South E-News | November 2012 November 2012
Cal South E-News | November 2012 PERFORMANCE TRAINING November 2012
Training for Athleticism: Focus on Speed, Agility and Quickness -- In all sports, you need components of athleticism to perform. The degree to which you have this, as well as skill, will ultimately determine what sport you play and how well you can perform. Most athletes, their parents and/or coaches, express a desire to get faster. An understandable goal, but usually there is a misconception as to what this means.
Cal South E-News | November 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING November 2012
College Savings -- More Important Than Ever: As the cost of higher education continues to rise, college savings is more important now than ever. That is the reason that ScholarShare should be considered when thinking over how to budget for future college expenses. More inside...
Cal South E-News | November 2012 COACHING EDUCATION November 2012
Featured Lesson Plan: Attacking - Two-Player Combination Play: A coaching education lesson plan presented by the Cal South Coaches Association. Five different scenarios involving sets of two players, with a concentration on passing and moving with the ball and testing learned skills during play...
Cal South E-News | November 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION November 2012
Ask the Cal South State Referee Committee: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | October 2012 October 2012
Cal South E-News | October 2012 PERFORMANCE TRAINING October 2012
Gaining a Better Understanding of the Core: What is the core? How do we define it and how do we train it? There are as many definitions of the core as there are ways to train it. Instead of trying to define one answer to what the core is, we choose an approach that integrates all the functions of the core and then incorporates those functions into the movement patterns we train...
Cal South E-News | October 2012 COACHING EDUCATION October 2012
Attacking: Technique - A coaching education lesson plan presented by the Cal South Coaches Association. Four different set-ups involving small sides with a concentration on maintaining possession in a variety of scenarios and ultimately creating greater scoring opportunities...
Cal South E-News | October 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION October 2012
Ask the Cal South State Referee Committee: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | October 2012 NUTRITION INFORMATION October 2012
How to Eat Well for Soccer: I'm in high school and am just beginning a soccer program. I have decent nutritional habits, but what I want to know is now that I'm exercising more, should I change my eating habits? And if I do, what types of foods should I emphasize and what should I eat less of?
Cal South E-News | September 2012 September 2012
Cal South E-News | September 2012 PERFORMANCE TRAINING September 2012
What is Sports Performance Training? Sports performance training is a relatively new concept in the sports industry. It goes by many names: sports performance training, performance enhancement, speed training, strength, conditioning, and fitness. We owe a great deal of our knowledge in this area to performance coaches like Mark Verstegen, Mike Boyle, Jim Liston, Gary Gray, Paul Chek - just to name a few. More inside...
Cal South E-News | September 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING September 2012
College Savings: More Important Than Ever - As the cost of higher education continues to rise, college savings is more important now than ever. That is the reason that ScholarShare should be considered when thinking over how to budget for future college expenses. More inside...
Cal South E-News | September 2012 COACHING EDUCATION September 2012
Passing: A coaching education lesson plan presented by the Cal South Coaches Association. Four variations involving small sides with a concentration on developing passing skills and creating greater scoring opportunities...
Cal South E-News | September 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION September 2012
Ask Our Referees: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | September 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION September 2012
To Snack or Not to Snack? That is the Question... I recently received an email from a concerned soccer parent asking if it was necessary to continue giving halftime snacks to her son’s U13 club soccer team. There was contention among the parents as to whether or not it was needed now that the players were getting older... More inside...
Cal South E-News | August 2012 August 2012
Cal South E-News | August 2012 SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT August 2012
U.S. Women vs. Australia at the HDC: The second leg of the U.S. Women's National Team Victory Tour will take place September 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., when the United States will take on Australia at 12:30 p.m. PT. The match will be a homecoming of sorts for a number of WNT players who grew up in Southern California: Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez, Shannon Boxx and Rachel Buehler...
Cal South E-News | August 2012 COACHING EDUCATION August 2012
Changing the Point of Attack: A coaching education lesson plan presented by the Cal South Coaches Association. Five variations involving small sides with a concentration on switching attack modes to create space and open up scoring opportunities...
Cal South E-News | August 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING August 2012
Too Busy for Recruiting? A constant complaint from high school students is that they do not have enough time to make recruiting a priority. High school student-athletes are busier than ever, but if you think about it, you really do have the time to make recruiting a priority...
Cal South E-News | August 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION August 2012
Ask Our Referees: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | August 2012 PARENT EDUCATION August 2012
Parent Pointers: Heading into the new fall season, here is a list of important things for all parents to keep in mind during their child's soccer experience...
Cal South E-News | July 2012 July 2012
Cal South E-News | July 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING July 2012
The Perks of Playing Division II: Student-athletes serious about completing a college education should look to Division II schools for more scholarship opportunities. Whether you’ve been actively recruited or you’re pursuing athletic scholarships with our help, keep an open mind to save money.
Cal South E-News | July 2012 COACHING EDUCATION July 2012
Triangle Training Session: A coaching education lesson plan presented by the Cal South Coaches Association. Four variations based on a triangle concept with increasing quantities of players and difficulty.
Cal South E-News | July 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION July 2012
Summer Season Hydration: Southern California is the place for fun in the sun. During summer here, kids of all ages are spending hours at summer camps, the beach, or the local sports field enjoying the outdoors. With temperatures ranging from the 70s at the beaches into the 90s inland, keeping cool and staying well-hydrated takes some effort for kids more interested in the fun of the moment.
Cal South E-News | July 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION July 2012
Five U.S. Soccer Officials Invited to Participate in 2012 London Olympics: Five U.S. Soccer officials, including Cal South's Marlene Duffy, have been invited to participate in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which take place July 27 to Aug. 12 in London.
Cal South E-News | June 2012 June 2012
Cal South E-News | June 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING June 2012
Are You Searching for the Right Schools and Programs That Fit You? Many soccer players aspire to play at the next level after college, which leads many of them to search and choose institutions based solely on the soccer program. A student-athlete has to remember it’s about getting an education first.
Cal South E-News | June 2012 COACHING EDUCATION June 2012
Team Building: Who Will Benefit from a Team Approach? Whenever two or more people work together in some activity of common interest or benefit, working together as a team will be rewarding and productive. Discover the twelve characteristics that all great teams have in common...
Cal South E-News | June 2012 NUTRITION INFORMATION June 2012
Summer Time Breakfast…Make it fresh and fast! We think that summer time will give us a break in meal planning. We hope that our kids are a little less busy. But is that what really happens? NO! My kids are busier than ever for the first month of summer! With camps and summer school, we are up earlier than ever...
Cal South E-News | June 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION June 2012
Ask the Cal South State Referee Committee: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | May 2012 May 2012
Cal South E-News | May 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING May 2012
4 Ways to Stand Out in the Recruiting Process: When there over 700,000 athletes playing high school soccer throughout the United States and less than 65,000 going on to compete in college, you will have to work very hard to make yourself stand out from the rest. Here are some key ways to accomplish this...
Cal South E-News | May 2012 COACHING EDUCATION May 2012
Principles of Defense: The Cal South Coaches Association brings advanced training and exclusive lessons to any coach wishing to expand their coaching education horizons. This month's featured lesson plan is a special session created by Cal South Director of Coaching and Player Development Steve Hoffman...
Cal South E-News | May 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION May 2012
Sleep, Weight and Performance: Don't Skimp on the ZZZZZs: Sleep is a biological necessity. Don't skimp! Sleep is restorative and is needed to align circadian rhythms. Sleep deprivation erodes well being. Speaking at the SCAN Sports Nutrition Conference, Allison Weiss BS reported that Americans are sleeping less than they used to sleep...
Cal South E-News | May 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION May 2012
Ask the Cal South State Referee Committee: Have a question regarding the Laws of the Game or about a confusing rule or call? Send an email to editor@calsouth.com and we will have a member of the Cal South State Referee Committee answer it for you. Here is this month's response...
Cal South E-News | May 2012 PARENT EDUCATION May 2012
On The Team? A Responsible Sports Approach To Tryouts: With the spring sport season kicking off around the country, the topic of tryouts is in the air. El Paso Times (Texas) writer Wayne Thornton described a scene that is all too familiar to many of us: Kids try out for their favorite team, putting in the hard work and sweat, trying to demonstrate their talents for the coach...
Cal South E-News | April 2012 April 2012
Cal South E-News | April 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING April 2012
High School vs. Club Soccer: Maximize Your Collegiate Opportunities - There comes a time in every player’s soccer career when he or she needs to decide how seriously they want to pursue soccer. At some point, every youth soccer player will be asked the question: do you want to play soccer in college?
Cal South E-News | April 2012 COACHING EDUCATION April 2012
Combination Play: Combination play can be defined in very narrow terms, such as wall passing or overlapping; more broadly, as in combinations that are initiated with vertical or horizontal passes; or, very generally, as in any movement or combination involving two or more players that maintains possession or achieves penetration.
Cal South E-News | April 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION April 2012
Building Your Sports Diet: “What percent of my calories should come from carbohydrates, protein and fat?” my client asked in his efforts to improve his sports diet and his performance. “Should it be 40% carb, 30% protein and 30% fat? Or 65-15-30?” Clearly, he had been reading the popular literature and felt totally confused by the mixed messages.
Cal South E-News | April 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION April 2012
ASK A REFEREE: The USSF's National Referee Program office receives a multitude of inquiries regarding FIFA's Laws of the Game and numerous questions involving some often confusing rules and calls. Here is a quick sampling of recent topics and the resulting responses...
Cal South E-News | April 2012 PARENT EDUCATION April 2012
Some Tips on Being a Top-Notch Parent: Fuel a passion to have fun and enjoy the beauty of soccer. It is a wonderful game that can teach your child how to enjoy life, have discipline, compete at a high level, and work as part of a team. These are all great skills that will benefit your child in life.
Cal South E-News | March 2012 March 2012
Cal South E-News | March 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING March 2012
Researching Schools 101: Researching schools can be a different process for every student-athlete, but it is important for EVERY student-athlete. Researching schools can get tedious, but you should be researching schools each week, no matter how old you are. The more schools you research, the more you will know what you are looking for in a school.
Cal South E-News | March 2012 COACHING EDUCATION March 2012
Ready for Spring: Across the USA youth teams are getting into their spring season. So this is a good time for coaches to refresh themselves on the major points of the prevention and care of injuries. A coach first and foremost must do what he or she can to reduce the likelihood of injury. The factors over which a coach has some control include...
Cal South E-News | March 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION March 2012
What’s the right ratio of carbs and protein? The good news is carbohydrates are NOT fattening so you have no need to cut back on them as a part of a weight reduction plan. Excess calories are fattening, in particular,excess calories of fat.
Cal South E-News | March 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION March 2012
Ask A Referee: The USSF's National Referee Program office receives a multitude of inquiries regarding FIFA's Laws of the Game and numerous questions involving some often confusing rules and calls. Here is a quick sampling of recent topics and the resulting responses...
Cal South E-News | March 2012 PARENT EDUCATION March 2012
The Car Ride Home: I recently had the opportunity to meet with a group of parents of a U9 boys’ travel team to discuss our club’s mission with respect to facilitating the conditions which focus upon player development over match results. These particular parents had enjoyed a rather successful wins/losses record that leaned in their favor over the past few seasons. The focal point of our club, however, was now upon fostering development of each player...
Cal South E-News | February 2012 February 2012
Cal South E-News | February 2012 SOCCER NATION EXPO 2012 February 2012
Soccer Nation Expo 2012 is coming up next weekend on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 and 26 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Come join thousands of fellow soccer fans at the most exciting soccer festival of the year! This is the biggest family soccer show in the United States. And it's absolutely FREE to the general public!
Cal South E-News | February 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING February 2012
Are You A Division I Player? Most people want to play soccer at the highest level possible, but Division I soccer is not for everyone. It is extremely time-consuming year round, and you must be incredibly dedicated and disciplined to make it work. A Division I player is not made overnight; Division I athletes have been playing against top competition since they were very young.
Cal South E-News | February 2012 COACHING EDUCATION February 2012
Coaching Education at Soccer Nation Expo 2012: If you are looking to learn more about coaching or trying to find some new drills to allow you to put your players through their paces, then Soccer Nation Expo is the place you should be! Cal South's Coaching Education department and many of our partners and sponsors have put together an exciting weekend of highly informative training clinics and classroom sessions geared towards all types of coaches.
Cal South E-News | February 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION February 2012
Win the Junk Food War the Natural Way: Did you know that only 18 percent of children are eating the recommended three or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, according to a Produce for Kids study released by the Perishables Group? Forty-three percent of parents say their children eat one or fewer servings daily.
Cal South E-News | February 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION February 2012
Referee Meetings at Soccer Nation Expo 2012: The Cal South State Referee Committee will be hosting referee meetings throughout the day on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Soccer Nation Expo. All meetings will be held in Room 308A/B in the Los Angeles Convention Center. Referees attending this symposium will be credited for their in-service yearly training requirements.
Cal South E-News | January 2012 January 2012
Cal South E-News | January 2012 COLLEGE PLANNING January 2012
Tips from College Coaches: NCSA Athletic recruiting has recently surveyed college coaches to find out additional information about what they look for in recruits. Every coach is different, but many coaches are looking for the same thing in a recruit. Here are some important questions and responses you should be aware of and keep in mind when speaking with coaches...
Cal South E-News | January 2012 COACHING EDUCATION January 2012
Tips for Managing Playing Time: One of the most challenging issues facing a coach is the allocation of playing time. As a responsible coach, want not only to win, but also to use sports to teach youth athletes life lessons. And warming the bench will not provide all of the life lessons that sports can teach...
Cal South E-News | January 2012 NUTRITION EDUCATION January 2012
Recovering from Hard Exercise - How to Refuel: What's best to eat for recovery after a hard workout? That's what soccer players, marathoners, and body builders alike repeatedly ask. They read ads for commercial recovery foods that demand a 3 to 1 ratio of carbs to protein, tout the benefits of a proprietary formula...
Cal South E-News | January 2012 REFEREE EDUCATION January 2012
Ask A Referee: The USSF's National Referee Program office receives a multitude of inquiries regarding FIFA's Laws of the Game and numerous questions involving some often confusing rules and calls. Here is a quick sampling of recent topics and the resulting responses...
Cal South E-News | January 2012 PARENT EDUCATION January 2012
How Parents Can Help: Parents of U6 and U8 players play an active part in the enjoyment their children have in youth soccer. Encouragement to try new things is step one. Now that they are out there kicking, running, laughing, falling down and all chasing the ball simultaneously they need positive reinforcement...